Syria: 40 reported dead in air strikes on market, blamed on Russian jets

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Syria: 40 reported dead in air strikes on market, blamed on Russian jets

<p>It is claimed Russian jets have struck a market in Syria’s Idlib province, with reports of at least 40 people killed.</p> <p>Witnesses say, in a second, the hustle and bustle of street trading in the rebel-held town of Ariha was reduced to a deadly silence.</p> <p>Dozens of people are also said to have been wounded. </p> <p>Officials at the Russian defence ministry could not immediately be reached for comment. </p> <p>Ariha fell to rebels in May during an advance that resulted in the whole of Idlib province falling to the rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad. </p> <p>Rebels in Idlib include the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front. The province is not a stronghold of <span class="caps">ISIL</span> that controls wide areas of eastern Syria. </p> <p>Russia began a major aerial campaign on 30 September to help its ally Assad, who suffered a series of setbacks earlier this year – including the loss of Idlib province and areas near the coast, which is of crucial strategic importance. </p> <p>Residents and rebels says warplanes, believed to be Russian, have stepped up raids on residential areas in several major cities in northwestern Syria, that are within a radius of 10 to 30 kilometres from the Turkish border.</p>